Women recruits all fired up at LAFD event

NORTHRIDGE – Lorraine Moore, biceps straining, lowered her shoulder toward the imaginary fire and pulled with all her might. The thick hose dragged behind her, its 21/2-inch diameter head clenched tight in her firefighter’s glove. Moore raced forward, pulling the 100-foot tube to its full length from the serpentine pile behind her. Then, straining in her Nikes, she began to haul it in, hand over hand. She yanked all 120 pounds into a new pile, not pausing for rest, then did the whole thing over again. “I … don’t … like … desk … jobs,” she panted before recovering her breath. “I like to get out and help people.” Saturday’s exposition, designed to show the rigors of the job and provide interaction with female firefighters, drew several hundred prospective candidates. “Many of the women I work with are the best partners I’ve ever had,” Wade said. “They train hard and want people to realize that they’re not just here because someone placed them there.” And the training was quite clearly difficult, even for the curious bunches who trailed in Saturday morning. They hoisted ladders, donned 60-pound packs and hiked up a steep hill, and lugged 160-pound dummies across the parking lot to simulate rescuing smoke-inhalation victims. Some were left gasping for breath, but most enthusiastically flexed their muscles and went at it. Fourteen years ago, Capt. Tamara Chick was in the latter group. “I found out about the Fire Department at an event just like this,” said Chick, who now coordinates women’s recruitment efforts. “I wanted to be a physical therapist, but I told a friend about this thing and she didn’t want to go alone. When I went, I fell in love with the job.” When she signed on, women didn’t even have their own restrooms at fire stations and they accounted for an even smaller fraction of the department’s personnel. Though she’s watched things change dramatically, she’d like to see even more women join the ranks. Maria Navarro, a 19-year-old from Lancaster, would like to be one of them. She’s spent summers working for the U.S. Forest Service attacking wildfires; now she’d like a job in the city. “There’s only 90 females in the whole department,” she said. “That makes me want to go out and say, `I can do that. I can be part of that small group.’ It’d be pretty neat to be one of those ones who stands out.” [email protected] (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And so the 27-year-old Palmdale resident spent her Saturday morning trying out the life of a firefighter at a Los Angeles Fire Department recruiting fair. The athletic Navy veteran found it to her liking and soon plans to take the test to join the department. The LAFD, stung by criticism of a firehouse culture historically perceived as both racist and sexist, has labored in recent years to increase the number of women in its ranks. Women currently make up less than 2.7 percent of the department’s 3,700 personnel, according to Capt. Darnell Wade of the LAFD recruitment unit. With plans to hire 250 people by the end of the fiscal year, Wade and his fellow recruiters aim to make a good number of those new hires women.

Track and Field Begins 2018 At Nebraska

first_imgThe Bulldogs will face competitors from 18 schools including Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, UMKC, Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State and Northwestern Missouri State. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. with field events and preliminary heats before resuming Saturday at noon. The women’s team was led by veteran senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the Bulldogs by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.51. Last year in Lincoln, Drake recorded 10 top-five finishes against a strong field that included competitors from Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Story Links Live Results Drake returns 46 of 55 athletes from last season including three all-conference honorees, seniors Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas), Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) and Young.center_img Under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Carroll, Drake opened its indoor season last month at the Cyclone Duals where the Bulldogs won five events against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) helped lead the men’s team along with sophomores Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) and Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) who each recorded individual event wins. Witherspoon lead the way with a 60 meter personal-bestof  6.85. Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title with a personal-best time of 4:18.56. Meet Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams are set to kick off the 2018 portion of their indoor season this weekend at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Bulldogs continue their season Jan. 26-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Messersmith and Jack Jennette Invite, hosted by UNI. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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At tail end of career, polio victim lifter looks for another fruitful ASEAN Para games stint

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Guiding lights behind our sports stars

first_imgSuccess has many fathers and failure none is an old cliche. However, if one were to go beyond this and look into the success of Indian athletes who are gunning for Olympic glory, it’s clear the role played by their families is huge.Sports View by S. Kannan.The other day when world chess champion Viswanathan Anand was in the Capital, he spoke of how he had a strong feeling the Indians would do well in the London Olympics. When we say ‘well’, the immediate question is how many medals we can win!First things first, unlike China, we are not a socialist state where by the age of six or seven the boy or girl is taken away from home and put in an extremely demanding sports training centre.By the time the Chinese athlete is in his or her late teens, he or she has to become a champion at least at the Asian level. In India, even as we debate the roles played by the state and central governments and how the corporates are also willing to chip in today, it’s the parents or the immediate family members who have played a huge role in shaping the careers of athletes.Let’s take a look at the Indian contingent for the London Games. Some of the biggest stars who have done well on the big stage owe their success to the lessons in motivation from home. The list has to begin with Leander Paes, the country’s first individual Olympic medallist after KD Jadhav. The Atlanta Games bronze medallist wanted to be a football player, but it was dad Vece Paes who ensured the son took to an individual sport. I have seen in 1990, after Vece pulled Leander out of Vijay Amritraj’s BAT academy, how he struggled for sponsorship and funds.advertisementHad Dad Paes given up then, Leander would never have gone on to achieve glory at the highest levels. While Vece had the sporting background and what it takes to win at the higher levels, many other parents never had such a good understanding.Sania Mirza’s parents Imran and Nassema made many sacrifices to ensure her tennis career flourished.Even as the Leander Paes vs Mahesh Bhupathi controversy cools down, the success story of Mahesh is also one where the parents played big roles. In the desert heat of Oman, CGK Bhupathi and mother Meera ensured Mahesh picked up the basics of tennis well.It was their passion to see Mahesh shape up as a good tennis player which resulted in the NRI moving to the United States to hone his skills. Once he did well in the NCAA league, he had to take a call on whether to play college or turn pro. The results from Mahesh are now there to see.If one is to take a look at the prime example of a tennis player taking up the sport due to the sheer perseverance of the parents, it has to be Sania Mirza. From the age of six, Imran and Naseema Mirza drove their daughter around in an Ambassador car. Mind you, those were the days when you had no air conditioners in cars and travel stretched to hundreds of kilometres in south India for Sania to play tennis tournaments. The sacrifice and effort behind shaping up Sania’s career continues for the Mirzas, though people will talk with sarcasm because the mother has been named manager of the Indian team for the Olympics.At least, it’s better than some obscure official, who has no clue of tennis, being made the manager as he will fetch the All India Tennis Association a vote or two in their elections. As for the success story of Saina Nehwal, again it’s a case of parents putting their heart and soul into the efforts. Imagine, coming from a science background in agriculture in Haryana and not knowing much about badminton.Yet, the burning ambition for the Nehwals – Harvir and Usha – to ensure Saina did well as a badminton player, forced them shift cities and make Hyderabad their home. The infrastructure was good and the Nehwals knew this was the city where Saina could get the best grounding from an assortment of coaches.Abhinav Bindra with father AS Bindra.And what of India’s biggest Olympic champion – Abhinav Bindra? As one who saw the shooting range for the first time at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, dad AS Bindra drilled it into his son’s head that he could also become a champion. In less than four years, Abhinav was shooting for India in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and again in Athens 2004. The big moment came in Beijing 2008. Had it not been for the motivation from Abhinav’s entire family, he may have never made it so big.People say that as he comes from a rich background, with his own indoor, air-conditioned range in Chandigarh, training was easy. Heck, even if you have that kind of money, you still need to shoot for hours to achieve perfection.advertisementToday, everyone is asking if Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Sushil can again wrestle his way to a medal. Just look at the background he comes from.His father Diwan Singh has spent a major portion of his life working as a driver in MTNL and leaving son Sushil in the Chhatrasal Stadium. Diwan Singh would have never known what it takes to win medals on the world stage or the Olympics.But it is the push from the father and faith in his son that today he makes us all proud each time he represents India.One look at the boxing squad, and you can see there are many more stories of how boxers have arrived on the big stage against all odds. Hot contender Shiva Thapa’s father was aware he had to put his children into boxing and make them champions one day.As a qualified karate instructor, Padam Thapa bought son Shiva a punching bag at home. The journey began from there and today the dashing boxer is a hot medal prospect. The cases of Vikas Krishan and Manoj Kumar are also equally captivating. Vikas comes from a humble background and his father Krishan Kumar works as a clerk in the Haryana State Electricity Board.Despite the humble background, the family dreamt big and ensured Vikas would enjoy boxing to the hilt and one day make it big. As for Vikas, his brother Rajesh Kumar would take the boy for lessons in punching on a cycle. Had it not been for his effort and belief that his brother would punch with felicity, Vikas may have never become one of the 81 athletes who will represent India in London.In India, the sporting culture is still not strong, so we need to salute the families which have produced these [email protected]last_img read more